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Faculty of Dentistry
Division of Graduate Dental Studies
Residency Training Programme
leading to the degree of
Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)
11 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119083
Tel: (65) 67724965 Fax: (65) 67796520
Website: www.dentistry.nus.edu.sg


1 Introduction

2 Teaching Staff

3 Objectives of the Programme


The Residency Training Programme in Orthodontics is a 3-year full-time course leading
to the degree of Master of Dental Surgery. The programme is accredited by the Royal
College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to enable candidates who successfully complete the
course to sit for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrthRCS Edinburgh). This enables
the acquisition, by assessment, of the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FDSRCS
Edinburgh) after 5 further years of clinical practice as a specialist.

The programme is administered at the Faculty of Dentistry by the Division of Graduate
Dental Studies and at the National Dental Centre by the Department of Orthodontics.
There is a planned admission of 3 students each year with applications for admission
being invited in October. The course commences in J uly, and the examinations for
each of the 3 years are held in J une.

The course consists of clinical and didactic components held at the Faculty of Dentistry
and the National Dental Centre.

The fixed appliance techniques taught in the orthodontic programme are a variation of
the Straightwire Technique and the Tip-Edge Appliance. Diagnosis and treatment
planning sessions, together with case progress discussions are held weekly and a
journal club assists the candidates with guided journal reading. A combined clinic
where orthognathic cases are discussed is regularly held.

A thesis is part of the course requirements. The literature survey is completed at the
end of the first year, with the draft thesis being presented at the end of the second
year. The bound volume is handed in the month of J anuary in the final year.

The selection of 5 clinical cases for final examination will be made from a total of 10
presented cases, and the candidates will assist the clinical teachers in the final
selection. The final examination format is enclosed as a document within this booklet.


PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: Assoc Prof Kelvin Foong Weng Chiong
BDS, MDS Ortho (Adelaide), MOrthRCS
(Edin), FAMS, FDSRCS (Edin), PhD

BDS, FDSRCS (Edin), MSc (Lond), FAMS


Assoc Prof Kelvin Foong Weng Chiong
BDS, MDS Ortho (Adelaide), MOrthRCS (Edin), FAMS, FDSRCS (Edin), PhD

Dr Henry Ho Chee Wai
BDS, MDS Ortho (Adelaide), MOrthRCS (Edin)

Dr Hwang Yee Cheau
BDS (Lond), DOrthRCS, MSc Ortho (Lond), FDSRCPS (Glas), MOrthRCS (Edin)

Dr Kaan Sheung Kin
BDS, MSc (Glas), DDORCPS (Glas), MDORCPS (Glas)

Dr Koh Chay Hui
BDS, MSc Ortho (Lond), DOrthRCS (Eng)

Dr Ong Hoe Boon
BDS, Dip Clin Dent(Melb), MSc(Melb), MOrthoRCS(Edin), FAMS

Dr Soh Jen
BDS, MDS (S’pore)

Dr Tan Hwee Hiang
BDS, MSc Ortho (Lond), D OrthRCS (Eng)

Dr Tan Tzee J en
BDS, MSc Ortho (Lond), D OrthRCS (Eng)

Prof Toshio Deguchi


Dr Ivan Lim Kuen Fui
BDS, DOrthRCS (Edin), MDS (S’pore), MDO RCPS (Glas), FAMS

Cl Assoc Prof Mimi Yow
BDS, FDS RCS (Edin), MSc (Lond), FAMS

Dr Chew Ming Tak
BDS, MDS (S’pore), MOrthRCS (Edin)

Dr Yeong Ming Geok, Patricia
BDS, MDS (S’pore), MOrthRCS (Edin), FAMS

Dr J ohanna Choo
BDS, MSc (USA), Cert Ortho (USA), FAMS

Dr Ching Siew May, Eileen
BDS, MDS (Leeds), MOrthRCS (Edin), FAMS

Dr Wong Yoke Cheng, Rosalind
BDS, DOrthRCS (Edin), MDO RCPS (Glas)


Assoc Prof Kelvin Foong Weng Chiong (Chairman)
Dr Chew Ming Tak
Dr Hwang Yee Cheau
Dr Kaan Sheung Kin
Dr Soh J en
Cl Assoc Prof Mimi Yow

The general objective of the programme is to educate dentists to become specialists in
orthodontics with a solid and broad academic background and adequate clinical
experience in different treatment methods.

The graduate should be able to:

- diagnose anomalies of the dentition, facial structures and functional conditions

- detect deviations of the development of the dentition, of facial growth, and
occurrence of functional abnormalities

- formulate a treatment plan and predict its course

- evaluate psychological aspects relevant to orthodontics

- conduct interceptive orthodontic measures

- execute simple and complex treatment procedures

- act as an expert in orthodontics and related matters

- collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for treatment of compromised patients,
orthodontic-surgical treatment and care of cleft palate patients

- evaluate need for orthodontic treatment

- practise orthodontics with high professional and ethical standards

- use available opportunities for improving professional skills

In addition, emphasis is placed on:

- biomedical sciences relevant to orthodontics

- development of a scientific attitude in an inquiring mind and stimulation of
professional interest

- principles of scientific methodology

- interpretation of literature

- research activities

- oral and written presentation of clinical and research findings

The curriculum is based on the recommendation of the ERASMUS report on
postgraduate education in orthodontics. The detailed report is published in
European J ournal of Orthodontics 1992; 14:85-94.